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Capital: Apia

Population: 183,000 (est. 2012)

Languages: Samoan, English

Area: 2,944 km2

Currency: Tala (WST)

Legal System: Based on English Common law

Protection of IP Rights in Samoa

Samoa’s new Intellectual Property Act came into effect on 1 October 2012.

Registration and Protection of Patents

There are two types of patent applications in Samoa, those being standard Samoan patent applications (whether or not claiming ‘informal’ Paris Convention priority) and innovation patents (lower level of inventiveness – similar to an Australian innovation patent).

Registration and Protection of Trade Marks

Samoan trade mark applications can be lodged directly with the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour. Samoa is not a member of the Madrid Protocol. Spruson & Ferguson engages with trusted local agents in Samoa on behalf of our clients.

Filing Requirements




  • Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
  • Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

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